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Old 02-12-2010, 11:21 AM   #1
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Hey All,

Remodeling the kitchen and we are putting in a cabinet-depth refrigerator. I am noticing that the cove for the fridge is awfully tight. I am concerned about ventilation for the heat produced by the fridge. A friend/contractor recommended cutting out a vent in the floor into the basement to allow some air to circulate.

Any thoughts?
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Old 02-12-2010, 11:35 AM   #2
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The better the radiator on the fridge can radiate, the more efficient the system will be. In a perfect world, you would have air flowing over the coils, meaning cooler air coming in from below and the warmed air rising out the top.

I don't know what your particular building/layout limitations are, but you don't want to let the aesthetics totally over rule functional needs. There wil be a point where the compressor will struggle and then fail trying to overcome an inadequately ventilated space.

Try posting to the HVAC forum. Those guys will know more.

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Old 02-12-2010, 12:22 PM   #3
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Thanks Rory. The vent will never be seen, as the refrigerator will be completely enclosed. I will post on HVAC. Thanks again.
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Hey All,

I originally posted this in construction, but they recommended me to HVAC...

Remodeling the kitchen and we are putting in a cabinet-depth refrigerator. I am noticing that the cove for the fridge is awfully tight. I am concerned about ventilation for the heat produced by the fridge. A friend/contractor recommended cutting out a vent in the floor into the basement to allow some air to circulate.

The vent will not be seen as I have panels on both sides, enclosing the appliance.

Any thoughts?
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Old 02-12-2010, 05:49 PM   #5
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Nope. Don't do that. It doesn't take a lot of room for the fridge to work right.
How much clearance will it have.
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Old 02-12-2010, 06:43 PM   #6
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the fridge is 35 3/4" wide, going into a 36" wide cavity...giving it an 1/8" on each side. and then enough room in the back of it for the plug and ice maker supply. it is the fridge is 68 5/8" tall (w/o hinge) and the cavity is 72" tall.
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Isn't there a fireblocking issue by having an opening like that into the basement? Again I stress I am NOOB.
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Old 02-12-2010, 09:42 PM   #8
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You should be fine. A fridge doesn't put off as much heat as you may think.
You have plenty of room on the top.
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Old 02-13-2010, 07:55 AM   #9
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I agree with been it will be fine, now you have to do something twice a year weather you like it or not clean the coils under neath.

Buy a refrigerator coil cleaning brush, use that with your vacuum cleaner, and the book from the manufacturer.

Do that and your refrigerator should give you many years trouble free operation and cost less to run.

Manufacturer's of refrigerators know that millions of them will be installed just like yours and have Engineered them to operate fine under those conditions.
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